A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.
Will Graham is a former FBI agent who recently retired to Florida with his wife Molly and their young son. Graham was a 'profiler'; one who profiles criminal's behavior and tries to put his mind into the minds of criminals to examine their thoughts while visiting crime scenes. Will is called out of his self-imposed retirement at the request of his former boss Jack Crawford to help the FBI catch an elusive serial killer, known to the press as the 'Tooth Fairy', who randomly kills whole families in their houses during nights of the full moon and leaves bite marks on his victims. To try to search for clues to get into the mind of the killer, Will has occasional meetings with Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, a charismatic but very dangerous imprisoned serial killer that Will captured years earlier which nearly drove him insane from the horrific encounter that nearly cost Will's life. With some help and hindrance, Will races against the clock before the next full moon when the 'Tooth Fairy' will ...Written by
Mann was reportedly inspired to have Iron Butterfly's "Inna-Gadda-da-Vida" on the soundtrack by his correspondence with a convicted killer in Texas named Dennis Wayne Wallace, who claimed "Inna-Gadda-da-Vida" was a love song that spiritually connected him to the woman he murdered. See more »
There is a discussion of Graham's Charter Arms Bulldog .44 being loaded with Glaser Safety Slugs for added lethality. Glaser Safety Slugs are designed to fragment on impact and release their loads of tiny shot pellets into the wound cavity, creating massive bleeding and near-certain death. When Graham shoots Dolarhyde, each round is shown to penetrate Dolarhyde's body, spattering blood on the wall behind him. Glaser Safety Slugs would not penetrate a body this way. An exit wound would be very unlikely. See more »
We should have talked at the boatyard. You don't wanna talk about it here.
I'm not fallin' all over myself to talk about much anywhere, Jack.
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The DVD "theatrical release" version released by Anchor Bay is different from many actual theatrical versions. For example, crucially missing is a comment from Graham when he is at the police station early in the movie. The missing dialogue: Police Chief: "What did the doctors say is wrong with Lector?" Graham: "They call him a psychopath, they don't know what else to call him." It's possible to see a flaw in the film where the Police Chief is about to ask this question, and they cut the edit just as he begins to form the question. In their Director's cut edition, Graham gives this line while at the podium in the police station. Furthermore, the scene which leads into the backyard scene ("That's why houses with big yards"), where Graham talks to the real estate agent inside the house, was not included in the original theatrical release. See more »
THIS BIG HUSH
Performed by Shriekback
Courtesy of ARISTA RECORDS LIMITED and ISLAND RECORDS, INC.
Written by David Allen, Martyn Barker, Barry Andrews and Carl Marsh
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I have a problem with a lot of people's review of "Manhunter". Every single bad review that criticizes Cox or Noonan invariably mentions the movie "Red Dragon" in the same breath. How about being a little objective?
On its own as the original Hannibal Lecter movie, Manhunter is a good movie. Cox plays Lecter convincingly, and you can read from other reviewers who praised his work shows that with a little objectivity we can see an alternative representation of Lecter. It is true, as one other reviewer says, Hopkins acts Lecter, Cox *IS* Lecter. Cox never seems to be acting, he really plays the part with mystery and ambiguity not like the distinctly maniacal Lecter that Hopkins portrays.
Cox plays a true psychopath - one devoid of feelings, and yet a consummate actor. Some of the world's best actors are in fact psychopaths. A psychopath is not necessarily a killer - a psychopath is simply someone who does not feel for other human beings, which is often why the psychopath killers of this world were in fact convincing actors - for example Geoffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson.
So when we analyze the profiles of true psychopathic serial killers, we can quite clearly see that Cox plays the better Lecter than Hopkins. We can see Cox is devoid of compassion, and yet acts like a normal person. Hopkins on the other hand, never passes the creepy stage - he is too creepy and doesn't have the "acting" ability of a true psychopath to mask that image from the public eye. Cox shows that he could blend into normality without being caught.
And therein lies the problem with the negative reviews. We read countless negative reviews of this movie bemoaning the fact that Cox is not as creepy as Hopkins - but my dears, that is exactly why Cox plays the better Lecter!
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